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Effects of job-related stress and burnout on asthenopia among high-tech workers

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Eye- and vision-related symptoms are the most frequent health problems among computer users. The findings of eye strain, tired eyes, eye irritation, burning sensation, redness, blurred vision and double vision, when appearing together, have recently been termed ‘computer vision syndrome’, or asthenopia. To examine the frequency and intensity of asthenopia among individuals employed in research and development departments of high-tech firms and the effects of job stress and burnout on ocular complaints, this study included 106 subjects, 42 high-tech workers (study group) and 64 bank employees (control group). All participants completed self-report questionnaires covering demographics, asthenopia, satisfaction with work environmental conditions, job-related stress and burnout. There was a significant between-group difference in the intensity of asthenopia, but not in its frequency. Burnout appeared to be a significant contributing factor to the intensity and frequency of asthenopia. This study shows that burnout is a significant factor in asthenopic complaints in high-tech workers.

Practitioner Summary:This manuscript analyses the effects of psychological environmental factors, such as job stress and burnout, on ocular complaints at the workplace of computer users. The findings may have an ergonomic impact on how to improve health, safety and comfort of the working environment among computer users, for better perception of the job environment, efficacy and production.
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Keywords: bank employees; computer vision syndrome; eye strain; job stress; ocular complaints

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Environmental & Occupational Health,Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel 2: Department of Management,Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 3: Department of Ophthalmology,Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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